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Jazz Festival - Opening Ceremony & Laura Rossi's Carpe Vitam

Event details

  • Event times:
    • Start : 6.15pm
  • Venue : The Riviera
18th October
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Opening ceremony in the presence of the Mayor of Teignmouth

Followed by Laura Rossi’s ‘‘Carpe Vitam’


The Riviera Centre


6:15pm - Opening ceremony in the presence of the Mayor of Teignmouth

6:30pm (approx) - Laura Rossi’s ‘‘Carpe Vitam’





This year’s Festival promotes women in music throughout our programme and we are privileged to open the Festival with a new commission ‘Carpe Vitam’ a multi-media performance, that has sold out in other venues and is supported by Arts Council, England.

Carpe Vitam

Music by Laura Rossi

Film & live visuals by Romana Bellinger & Mike Eden

DerbyshOramiCoda composed and performed by Henry Dagg

Devon Schools Choir

Violin – Sophie Langdon

Cello – Miriam Lowbury

Electric Guitar – Mike Outram

Piano – Laura Rossi

Electronics – Henry Dagg


Carpe Vitam goes on a journey documenting women making their own way in the world, including footage from 100 years ago, women working during WW1, the struggle for women’s rights to work and votes for women, through to present day, with video/projection art created from new and archive footage of great female role models. The piece combines vibrant imagery, live camera work, acoustic and electronic instruments and Devon Schools Choir who sing and speak quotes and poems by inspirational women;.


Carpe Vitam is by Teignmothian Laura Rossi who has gone on to become a celebrated  Film and TV composer who leads a band of talented musicians including guitarist Mike Outram, violinist Sophie Langdon, cellist Miriam Lowbury, and acclaimed sound sculpturor / musical inventor, Henry Dagg (who invented the Sharpsichord for Bjork) who had written and will perform the DerbyshOramiCoda, which segues in from Rossi’s composition and is inspired by electronic music pioneers Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram. Film and live visuals are by Romana Bellinger and Mike Eden.


The Festival is always keen to involve the local community. This rare opening of the Riviera Cinema to host this performance, is a wonderful opportunity for you to sample the charms of this sleeping giant of an auditorium and listen to an inspiring piece of music that fuses classical, jazz and film scores together.


This performance is 45 minutes but the Foyer bar will be open afterwards and you can stay and hear more live music in the Riviera bar!



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